Assistant Teaching Professor of Computer Science

Updated: about 8 hours ago
Location: Bozeman, MONTANA

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 19016
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Kayla Gnerer

Classification Title Instructor
Working Title Assistant Teaching Professor of Computer Science
Brief Position Overview

Non-tenure track position with primary responsibilities to contribute to Computer Science undergraduate and graduate instruction, mentoring and advising; engage in pedagogical activities; and participate in professional/service/outreach activities.

Faculty Tenure Track No
Faculty Rank Non-Tenure Track
Position Number New
Department Gianforte School of Computing
Division College of Engineering
Appointment Type Non-Tenure Track
Contract Term Academic Year
Semester Fall or Spring
If other, specify From date
If other, specify End date
Union Affiliation AFMSU
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications
Contract Type LOA
If other, please specify
Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Gianforte School of Computing, housed in the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering, invites applications for a faculty position at the level of Assistant Teaching Professor. The faculty position to be filled is a full-time, non-tenure track appointment with primary responsibilities in teaching, pedagogy and service/outreach. The successful candidate will become an integral part of the Computer Science program. Duties will include teaching lower-division courses, developing and teaching courses consistent with the candidate’s background, engaging in pedagogical activities and participating in professional/service/outreach activities.

Because increasing diversity of the computing profession is one of our strategic priorities, women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Montana State University values a broad array of experiences and perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally rich campus environment. We hope to attract applicants who can teach in a diverse university community and have demonstrated ability in helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed. In support of our strategic plan, which promotes access and respect, we enthusiastically encourage members of traditionally underrepresented groups to apply. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Duties and Responsibilities

Contribute to Computer Science instruction, mentoring, and advising; engage in pedagogical activities; and participate in professional/service/outreach activities.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

1. PhD in Computer Science or related field by start date.
2. Evidence of being an effective educator.
3. Ability to teach a wide range of courses, including lower-division courses.
4. Accomplishments commensurate with experience in the area of computer science pedagogy.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

1. Potential to be an excellent educator.
2. Potential to build a nationally recognized, externally funded program in the area of computer science pedagogy.
3. Ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues within and outside the Computer Science program.
4. Ability to promote the advancement of diversity and inclusion in computer science.

The Successful Candidate Will

Be a dynamic educator and communicator who has: excellent written and oral communication skills; the ability to inspire and mentor students; the ability to establish a funded program in the area of computer science pedagogy; the potential to teach in a diverse University community; the ability to help students from underrepresented backgrounds succeed; and effective interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate with diverse faculty, staff, and students.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

The position for which you have applied MAY BE a Union position. Union affiliation is determined by job duties and the collective bargaining unit.

  • Non-Tenure Track Faculty – Any position that is .5 FTE or more is represented by the Associated Faculty of Montana State University (AFMSU). Faculty covered by AFMSU must begin paying either membership dues or representation fees within thirty (30) days of hire. This is a condition of employment. Additional information can be found at AFMSU or by emailing AFSMU .
    • Any position less than .5 FTE is not represented by the Union and is not required to pay dues.
    • If the FTE changes during employment, the representational status of this position could be impacted.
    • Exceptions: Anyone having successfully completed a PEI exam or any faculty working in Extension are exempt from the Union

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program
The Department

The Gianforte School of Computing, housed in the Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering, offers PhD, MS and ABET-accredited BS degrees in Computer Science. Approximately 500 BS students, 25 MS students and 25 PhD students are supported by 15 full time faculty. Due to the pervasive nature of computing, our research collaborators include a wide range of other academic departments, campus research centers and industry. We are on an exciting growth trajectory that enabled us to transition from a Computer Science Department into a School of Computing in Fall 2016. We anticipate continuing growth as computing becomes increasingly instrumental to the success of the university’s research enterprise and to the region’s burgeoning industry.

The College

The Norm Asbjornson College of Engineering comprises five academic units – Chemical & Biological Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, the Gianforte School of Computing, and Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, and is home to the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE), Western Transportation Institute (WTI), Montana Microfabrication Facility (MMF), Subzero Science and Engineering Research Facility, Montana Engineering Education Research Center (MEERC), and Army and Air Force ROTC Units. The College enrolls approximately 3,900 students with more than 200 studying in graduate degree programs. Doctoral degree programs include a Ph.D. in Computer Science and a Ph.D. in Engineering with options in the fields of Applied Mechanics, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

With a wide array of research programs in progress, MSU engineering faculty and students have garnered an impressive number of awards. In recent years, MSU engineering students have been recognized with a number of prestigious awards, including two Rhodes Scholarships, a Marshall Fellowship, a Gates-Cambridge Fellowship, and ten Goldwater scholarships. Excitement in the College is building in anticipation of the new Norm Asbjornson Hall, expected to be completed in Fall 2018. This innovative facility will transform engineering education and scholarly activity at MSU.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date August 15, 2019
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

The initial screening date for applications is December 1, 2018; however, applications will be accepted until either the position is filled or an adequate pool of candidates is established.

Special Instructions

To apply for this position please include:
1. Cover Letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Brief Teaching Statement ( 2 page maximum)
4. Brief Research Statement (2 page maximum)
5. Two publications

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.
Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .
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